WHEELING — With reserve guard Rachel Johnson leading the way with her 17 points, Shepherd earned its second WVIAC women’s basketball success with an 81-73 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Dec. 19.
Johnson had plenty of scoring help from Emily Daniel (14 points), Gabby Flinchum (13 points in only 18 minutes), Alex Weakland (10 points), and Priscilla Moseh (10 points).
The Lady Rams were 33-for-60 (55 percent) from the field and were 12-for-16 (75 percent) from the foul line.
The Lady Cardinals were only 27-for-63 (43 percent) from the floor while converting only nine of the 15 (60 percent) free throws they were awarded.
Both teams were plagued at critical times by turnovers with Shepherd committing 21 (Alex Tamez, six turnovers) and the Lady Cardinals committing 22 floor errors (Jamie Sobczak, five turnovers).
Shepherd had a 35-29 lead by halftime and protected its advantage by going 18-for-28 (64 percent) from ther floor in the second half.
Daniel had nine of Shepherd’s 37 rebounds and Jimyse Brown and Flinchum both claimed six rebounds.
Wheeling Jesuit had 32 rebounds with Alex Anderson getting nine.
Wheeling Jesuit’s bench could contribute only 17 points while Shepherd received 32 points from its reserves, including the 17 from Johnson.
Shepherd won’t be back in action again until Jan. 3 when it goes back into conference play at Pitt-Johnstown.